Summary: It was a very good GPS with sense reception. It is convenient to use 2 AA batteries. You can buy it anywhere and never will lose power. The only down side is the memory is too small that can save map to cover only certain area. Of course compare with today's GPS, this one is very outdated.
Summary: The Garmin GPS V is the Icom 2AT of the GPS world. It will run perhaps forever. Mine is 6 years old and remains on constantly, yet it still works fine. Only the backlighting has dimmed somewhat over the years It has many features that my Garmin nuvi 750 does not, and is the primary reason it remains on my dash along side the nuvi. No longer made, but if you find one at a hamfest, grab it.
Summary: The Garmin GPS V is perfectly suited to APRS. I use it with the Kenwood TM-D700 and the two are nicely matched. Remember to switch the GPS V between "NMEA" mode and "Garmin" mode in its setup menu to either run APRS or download maps from your PC respectively, otherwise there will be no data transfer. I have recently upgraded to the Garmin GPS 276C because the GPS V monochrome display is small and difficult to read off-road in a 4x4.
Summary: This GPS, in my evaluation, had the best balance between functionality, portability and size. I used to drive more than 2000 miles, in 3 different states on my vacations and it was terrific. Even it is not in color (comparing with other models) this is very convenient to use while you're driving or if you are walking.
Summary: Rig was purchased primarily for geocaching, but secondarily for traveling in USA and Europe. Loads great from my desktop, but the package really needs a USB cable termination so you can use it on a laptop. This would allow on the road downloads, since unit only has 19 MB of memory. Incredible accuracy, which is a must in geocaching. Also, if you miss a turn, (difficult, but I did it), the V immediately recomputed a U turn, using side streets.
Summary: The most important features to you should guide your decision in the complex hand held GPS market. Sometimes new technology replaces features that I personally find essential and kick myself when the product is discontinued. My needs for a GPS was portability between two vehicles and sport boats as well as portability off the trail. Being able to replace batteries is critical rather than being out of luck with no charger available. That ruled out the Quest series for me.